Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct..
A hastily thought-up, and somewhat contrived, example:

"It wasn't that that misspelling of "receive" annoyed me, but that the the misspelling of "receive" further down the page made me wonder if it was simply a typographical error.."
Obviously this could be better rephrased as:
"It wasn't that the first misspelling of "receive" annoyed me, but that the second misspelling made me think it was simply a typographical error.."

Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way?
Stupot
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Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct.. A hastily thought-up, ... it was simply a typographical error.." Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way?

Well, there's the famous but irritating example:
Ann while Bob had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher
which needs some punctuation to make it comprehensible:

Ann, while Bob had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had a better effect on the teacher

Alan Crozier
Lund
Sweden
Of course.
I knew there was one other that I couldn't think of at the time...Emotion: smile
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What about the name, "Ron"? As in, "Da do ron ron ron, da do ron ron."

Redwine
Hamburg
On Fri 14 May 2004 10:12:55a, "Stuart Chapman"
Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct.. A hastily thought-up, ... it was simply a typographical error.." Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way?

The first "that" is a conjunction and the second "that" is a demonstrative adjective (or "determiner" as they say nowadays), so different meanings are allowed, right? OK then:
At the prize-giving at the flower show, at the announcement of the winner of the competition for the most rose rose, Rose Rose rose to accept the prize. 5 meanings: colour, flower, given name, surname, verb.

If you want quantity and don't mind losing quality, there's this, which uses only 3 senses:
Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. (i.e. buffaloes from Buffalo, NY, bewilder buffaloes from Buffalo, NY.)
The noun phrase Buffalo buffalo can be expanded, by the use of a relative clause, into Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo do this often enough and you can enlarge the sentence as far as you want.

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Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct.. A hastily thought-up, ... it was simply a typographical error.." Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way?

The sign advertised BURGER AND FRIES for sale. There was a difference in the spacing between 'BURGER' and 'AND' and 'AND' and 'FRIES'.
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The sign advertised BURGER AND FRIES for sale. There was a difference in the spacing between 'BURGER' and 'AND' and 'AND' and 'FRIES'.

Well, this spacing between BURGER and 'and' and 'and' and AND and AND and 'and' and 'and' and AND and AND and 'and' and 'and' and FRIES isn't exactly uniform..

Stewart.

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Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct.. A hastily thought-up, ... that the the misspelling of "receive" further down the page made me wonder if it was simply a typographical error.."

Apparently "that" can be repeated at least seven times and make sense, though it takes a bit of talking about the word (like the "had" and "and" examples). But if we disallow this, it happens that that that that rule leaves open includes this sentence.
Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way?

I put the book I wasn't interested in in the bookcase.

I gave the plant I was allergic to to my cousin. (Not that I'm allergic to anything really myself.)
How high does a fly fly when a fly flies ever so high? (A song on a tape that went missing many years ago.)
Time to take my home home. (Not that that really makes sense..)

The girl with the good looks looks very young.
I spent the evening evening out a ripple in the rug.

Some people I know know people I don't know.
As I look at it it isn't moving.
Stewart.

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Occasionally we come across a sentence where the word 'that' is repeated consecutively, and is syntactically correct.. A hastily thought-up, ... was simply a typographical error.." Are there any other English words that can be correctly repeated in this way? Stupot

I remember (though not well enough to cite; 'Enderby?') an Anthony Burgess sentence that repeated "onions" at hypnotic length. Wade
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